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Even if you read educational materials at zoos and donate money to conservation organizations, your eating habits may be unintentionally undermining the threatened species you care about—and even if you’re vegetarian or vegan, you may be surprised to learn which at-risk species aren’t banned from menus.
A recent study of shark fin soup from restaurants in 14 states revealed a variety of endangered, vulnerable and near-threatened shark species swimming in the broth. The finding raised questions about how many other at-risk creatures are readily available on restaurant menus.
It may be easier to order a troubled entrée than you think, experts say, especially if you eat fish and seafood.
“Seafood, fish and invertebrates are the last wild food that we eat as animal protein” and can buy in stores or restaurants, said biologist Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group in Washington, D.C. “It doesn’t mean it’s safe for a species just because it’s on a menu.”
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